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“Back to Life” by Danielle Allen is a Sexy Must Read!

Back to Life

Title: “Back to Life”

Author: Danielle Allen

Release Date: July 2013

Length: 340 Pages

How I Got the Book: I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

Link to buy book on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Back-to-Life-ebook/dp/B00E5S4DAQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1379937118&sr=1-1&keywords=back+to+life+danielle+allen

Summary From GoodReads:

Sahara Lee has spent the last ten years living with the guilt of a tragic accident and its aftermath.  That night irrevocably changed the outgoing, fun-loving college freshman into an introverted, workaholic with no social life.  Sahara isolates herself from everyone and everything that reminds her of home in an effort to forget what happened.  Using art as a substitute for love, Sahara throws herself into music and art as a way to feel something other than the guilt that haunts her. She accepts her lonely existence as penance for the role she played in the accident. That is, until she meets Tyree Barker, the good looking entrepreneur with baggage of his own.  

Blindsided by a legal loophole, Sahara is suddenly forced to confront the past she’s been running from.  Juggling the guilty feelings of her past and the unexpected feelings of her present, Sahara’s future becomes complicated as she heads down a path of forgiveness, love, and heartbreak…and not in that particular order.

Back to Life reminds you that living and existing are two completely different ways to go through life. Grief will break you but guilt, guilt will destroy you. And once that happens, what can bring you back to life?

What I Thought:

I cannot begin to tell you the range of emotions I went through while reading this book – back and forth – happy and sad – I should have had emotional whiplash! But even with all of that, I loved it. Danielle Allen’s writing is amazing – beautiful and her plot twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. I got an email asking me to review this book and to be honest at first I was not sure whether or not I would be interetsed, but once I started I was hooked – and I’m so glad I decided to read it. From the summary above you can get the jist of what happens in the book, but I can tell you there is so much more to discover. It’s absolutely not one of those book covers that gives it all away before you read it.

I found Sahara to be… heart breaking. Watching herself keep busy with work and her music, to keep the demons at bay was heart breaking all in it’s own. Her guilt over what she thought she had done weighed even me down as I read the pages. That is one of the things I most enjoyed about the book, you could “feel” the emotions coming off of the pages, and I felt for Sahara. Punishing yourself for 10 years is…wow..just so sad. Then enter Tyree….

Tyree is amazing – strong, sweet, caring – and just what Sahara needs. It’s like he woke her up again, and for that I rallied for his character the entire book. Watching their relationship develop and watching him help her overcome her demons and open up was amazing – I love a story where the couple grows out of something that is so hard.  Seeing her alive again through his eyes kept me reading through the more difficult moments. Although, Tyree is amazing – he does not come without baggage himself, and as i like to say “no one is perfect.” I don’t want to put any plot spoilers here, but I will tell you it will be a surprise and will add twists and turns you did not expect to be taking with this story…enough said – READ IT!

Now – we also had some supporting characters – I just really want to mention Emily who could not have been a better best friend. She kept on while Sahara shut her out continually for 10 years – who stays around for that? She does, Emily should be the depiction of what a best friend is.

Post-It Recap:

In the end I give this book a 4.5/5 stars. I loved the writing, the characters, and the story. The romance was hot and sexy – and I cannot wait to see  more from these two characters. The only thing I have to say is that the cliff hanger is KILLING ME!  “Back to Reality” is out soon and I cannot wait to see what happens – hoping I”ll get to be part of the blog tour for that one too!  As much as I love being left wanting more, I want more NOW!! So my reccommendation, get this like today – read it asap – and be ready for the next book to come out and see the next chapter of their story.

Happy Reading!

Kelley

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“Forever You” By Sandi Black – Review

Forever You (Forever Trilogy, #2)

“Forever You” By Sandi Lynn

Published: June 4, 2013

How I received the book: Purchased from Amazon for Kindle

Summary from GoodReads:

New York Times bestselling novel, Forever You is the highly demanded sequel to USA Today’s Bestseller, Forever Black.

Connor Black’s life consisted of his company and his use of multiple women. There was never going to be love, relationships, or a fairy-tale life. Emotionally dead and damaged, that stemmed from a personal tragedy, Connor Black vowed never to feel any emotion or fall in love with a woman. That was true until Ellery Lane walked into his life by accident and changed his life forever. He begins experiencing feelings and emotions that he never felt before and finds himself being drawn into her world.

You took the journey with Connor and Ellery as their love, courage, and strength were put to the test. You watched their worlds come together through her eyes in Forever Black, and now it’s time to take the journey through his in Forever You.

What I Thought:

I read “Forever Black” and absolutely loved it, so I was more than excited to hear this was coming out and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. When I first started reading it – I was so glad to be back in their life. I liked how this story was from his point of view and whild it covered key moments from the first story, it also took you further and into the “now” in the book anyway.. If you know the story, you know it is a story of learning to trust somone and overcome true fear that has been so deeply seeded it’s impossible to imagine getting it out of the way. In this case, you get to see what really happened to Connor and why he was the way he “was” before Ellery. I found that whole back story and the sudden change in his life when she came into it wonderful.. It was like he was in love before he even realized it.. It’s always interesting to see things from a male POV – one of the things i really enjoy about literature right now as more and more  authors are doing this.. It seems not funny, but…curious to be that women see falling in love as a grand experience and men find it horrifying or impossible..haha. Either way guys, we get you one way or the other and if it’s right – well it’s right? I really again, don’t want to give any spoilers but I really enjoyed reading more of their story and seeing Connor’s history as well.

The Characters:

I already went through the characters in my first review for “Forever Black” and I will link that review below – so I won’t go over everything, but I do want to go over some things I learned about Connor from reading this book. I really saw into his deep fear that he was bad for Ellery, that he would hurt or destroy her if he got too close and his real fear this was a possibility. I saw a strong person at the same time, who saw a therapist to try and help himself and who did the best he could in an unimaginable situation.. I cannot imagine carrying the burden he did for so long – and I think that he deserves at the very least his happily ever after. Just like in life, I believe no one is perfect – but each of us is perfect for someone else, meant to balance them out – and that describes Connor and Ellery more than any other way I could describe. You see how far Connor really grew in this book and I loved that – seeing the change Ellery brought in him, even if it terrified him at the moment. The fact he loved her enough to take the leap says it all – he is a good guy!

The Take-Away:

My take-away from this book is to get it. I think the cost is like $2.99 and it’s well worth that for the read. If you are a fan of the first book, then you better get this like..today! If you haven’t read the first book, check that out first and then come back to this. I think this is definetly something you want to read in order, because without that you will be missing key information that could ruin the story for you. The only negative I had at all was that some of the writing seemed..disjointed, kind of skipping around – and would rush from topic to topic without fluency. I love Sandi’s writing so it was something I did notice here – and maybe that’s the way Connor’s brain was supposed to come across, I just like books to really …flow… However, I still really  enjoyed the book and would absolutely reccommend it to anyone who enjoys this type of writing.

Quotes I Loved:

“If I had one last breath left, I would use it to tell you how much I love you, because I do, and I always will.”

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“I noticed her smile when I called her beautiful. It made my heart do something weird which I can’t explain because I’ve never felt anything like it before.”

Hope you will give it a try – it’s a great read and be on the look out for “Forever Us” this fall!

Kelley

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